Date Joined: 07/01/10
Overall Review: Fits neatly into an Optiplex 9020. Not the fastest but balanced for a Haswell system.
Pros: Great price, flawless physical condition. Got a revision A05 from January 2015. Well-packed,
Cons: A bit dusty out of the box, sorted out in a minute or two.
Overall Review: I was looking for a cheap but relatively high quality display and it seemed that going back in time was the reasonable way to get that over buying new. IPS and good brightness.
Pros: Stable 24/7 operation for 1 year now, during which time mine has passed tens of terabytes around the network without breaking a sweat.
Cons: VERY bright lights can distracting at night - I just turned the unit around to face the wall.
Pros: Years after their introduction, I still have these chips powering my NAS and servers. They have no problems handling the moderate 24/7 workloads I give them.
Cons: Not Ivy Bridge?
Pros: Solid and cheap (at least when I bought it in 2010) 1 TB drive. I use it for "nearline" storage of media, seldom-used programs, etc.
Cons: The drive is in perfect health with low hours, but it sometimes makes a persistent, obnoxious clicking noise. I have found no solution, but it's not a show-stopper for my day-to-day use. (Search for Hitachi Deskstar defect on YouTube and you will see what I mean.)
Pros: Works in my 2009 15" MacBook Pro. Significantly increased my headroom for working with multiple apps, e.g. IDEs, VMs, lots of tabs open in browsers
Cons: None at this time.
Pros: It's a fast 500 GB notebook drive, and was a great deal when I bought it irrespective of the caching feature.
Cons: There are several issues with this drive as installed in my 2009 15" MacBook Pro. Both drive and laptop have the latest versions of all applicable firmware installed. Drive reports 100% health in SMART and the SeaTools extended test.
Applications with heavy IO workloads (p2p, file transfers, virus scans) will freeze after a few dozen minutes of activity. Then the rest of my system stops responding, and I have to do a hard reboot.
This drive is LOUD. I can easily hear it 3-5 feet from my laptop, which itself is just about silent. This is often accompanied by a strangely regular ticking noise, even at idle.
Finally, it seems to take a very long time to spin up. When I wake my machine, the lock screen will not register keystrokes for 2-3 seconds. (With the OEM drive the keystroke response was instant.)
Unfortunately Seagate is fussy about RMAing drives that pass SeaTools, so I am going to replace it with an SSD and put the XT in a PC to see if it does any better there.